My Kitchen Must-Haves

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I’m a home cook and at least five or six days of the week, I’m cooking something delicious for my family – oftentimes from scratch. Cooking something amazing is not only fun for me, but cooking and feeding people is my love language. So I want to be as efficient as possible when I’m in the kitchen. I’ve found a few must-haves that help me make cooking effective and pain free.

A Dutch Oven
It’s big, heavy-bottomed, cast iron and useful. It stays on my stove, and I use it for roasting, braising, soup making and frying. Dutch ovens are the do-it-all tools of the kitchen. I made sure to invest in a great brand that is going to last a long time. Brands that give me the best cook for my buck include Lodge, Staub and Le Crueset. Check out your local discount stores like Tuesday Morning, TJMaxx or Marshall’s; they often have them for a steal! 

Butcher Paper
This stuff is magic. It’s perfect for wrapping up meat purchased in bulk to prepare for freezing, but it also doubles as a coloring sheet in a pinch. My daughter loves being the kitchen with me while I’m cooking, and one of the best ways I keep her entertained is by supplying kitchen pots, crayons and a sheet of butcher paper. 

Immersion Blender
Don’t have one? Get one. It’s saves my homemade soup life. Whip it out; blend it up. It takes the guesswork out of trying to pour hot soup in the blender. Grab one. You’ll be glad you did. 

Glad Press’n Seal Wrap
Two words: toddler life. How many unfinished meals do you deal with in a week? Need to safely secure something without a lid? Enter Press’n Seal Wrap. It sticks to anything.


Candace is MidWestern born and bred wife, mom, daughter and bacon lover. She resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her San Francisco 49er loving husband Eric, and their super giggly daughter, Madison. Candace is a graduate of Huntington University, where she earned degrees in Organizational Management and Not for Profit Leadership. She is a self-taught home chef who loves to make family recipes and cultivate new flavors. She shares food for your belly and food for your soul at Candace Boyd Wylie,

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